Tuesday, 26 February 2019


Long time readers of this blog will be aware that by and large us pups are treated pretty handsomely when we travel by train in the UK.

Many a time has a train attendant, in the course of ticket checking duties, slipped me a morsel or two of shortbread along with a fond pat on the head.

So when travelling back to Aberdeen yesterday, I read the sign above the thoughtfully provided water bowl at Newark North Gate station, and I said to myself yes, that seems fair enough (although Gail did raise her eyebrows at the 'all our customers" bit).

Well I have to tell you that the standard of service on the 10:46 am LNER train to Edinburgh on Monday morning actually exceeded my already high expectations.

Yes really!

No soon as Gail and I had  settled comfortably into carriage L than a fairy dogmother steward appeared bearing what looked (but did not smell) like a cup of coffee and said to Gail "Here's something for the dog".

And this is what we found inside.

Warm slices of sausage, glistening with fat, which Gail says were probably left overs from the First Class breakfast service, but I like to think had been specially prepared in anticipation of my distinguished presence on the train.

Oh those sausages smelled divine and tasted even better.

I was a most contented chappie for the rest of the long journey home.


  1. OMD Bertie, train sausages are the bestest aren't they!!! I can throughly recommend Virgin Trains going to York but for now....where do I book tickets for the 10.46 to Edinburgh!!!!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  2. Oh wow that is pawsome!!! I hope this year we can go to da UK too and we will use a train... with sausage of course ;O)

  3. Hari OM
    Bertie lad, the problem I see is that every train trip from now on is going to be lacking in some way!!! (Do tell how your hop doon tae Auld Reekie compares, won't you?) Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx (who is packing and heading off after lunch.)

    1. Oh but YAM-Aunty, that is a most uncharacteristically 'cup half empty (of sausage)' thought!
      Safe travels.
      Toodle pip! Bertie (HUGELY looking forward to the trip to Auld Reekie).

  4. You are one lucky pup, Bertie! I've never ridden on the train before. Maybe that needs to change!

  5. Bertie old Pal..you are one LUCKY PUP

  6. Wow, they sure know how to treat pups right!

  7. Bertie....................FINALLY you are receiving the attention Deserving of a fine looking WFT. Bravo to said Fairy DogMother.
    Now...on the OTHER hand...per chance was this a bribe from Gail to said Fairy DogMother to put you in to dream land so that there would not be another display of dashing WFT in Nottingham?
    Just saying my friend. 10:46 to Edinburgh would make a good book title too!!
    Sending hugs across the pond

  8. Alas....if we EVER were allowed train travel...it would be in the baggage carriage...probably in cages and ignored!

  9. Wow, where can we catch a ride on one of those trains? We don't even get sausage at home:)

    Woos _- Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  10. We think the US could learn soooo much from your most friendly European train service!!
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  11. That nice steward know that a lad of your stature deserved a very nice snack on the train
    Hazel & Mabel

  12. That is it, we must move to the UK. We would never get service like this.

  13. They definitely were specially prepared for you! Oh my goodness, you need to speak to US train service so that our pups get that treatment!!!

  14. That is A plus treatment for you Bertie. We are a bit jealous of you being able to ride on a train.

  15. Bertie, we are happy to see that you and all four-legged train riders get the best. The warm sausage must of been very good and right to nap time after a full belly. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day.
    World of Animals

  16. Wow, that's the way to travel! How can I get a ticket to ride??


  17. "Probably left overs from the First Class breakfast" who cares, why Lee always orders me left overs they are the best.
    Your Friend
    Sweet William The Scot